Every morning Bill Plympton wakes up at six, goes to his drawing board, gets a piece of bond and a No. 2 pencil and sits down to the business of animating the indelible, noirish figures that have garnered cult status as Plymptoons. What began in high school with drawings of bugs and plants for the Portland Yellow Pages has grown into an empire that encompasses political cartoons, animated shorts, features, advertisements, music videos (his first for Madonna; his latest for Kanye), and a forthcoming Rizzoli book (Independently Animated: Bill Plympton) with a Terry Gilliam forward. Along the way he’s filled his shelves full of awards, not to mention earned two Oscar nods. On the eve of the release of his latest feature, Idiots & Angels, we caught up with the industrious illustrator at his Chelsea studio to talk about the new feature, working with Kanye (vs. Weird Al), and what’s really going down on the animator groupie circuit.
photographs by David Potes
In Which Twenty People Offer Fond Memories About Barry McGee On The Occasion Of His Midcareer Survey Show At The Boston ICA
I really didn’t even want to try interviewing Barry McGee about his show opening tomorrow in my hometown at the Boston ICA. He’s well known to be hard to pin down and clearly doesn’t enjoy doing them. So instead, I asked a few people to write a sentence or two about him. It says a great deal about Barry that so many artists, some who know him well personally and some who do not, got back to me with such alacrity.
— Caleb Neelon
photo by Dave Schubert
The Perfect Life of Hugh Hefner by Chris Jones
photograph by Peter Yang
In Conversation: Alec Baldwin and Thom Yorke
photograph by Eliot Lee Hazel
Alia Shawkat packs a dip and talks art, baseball, and music with the Venice Beach artist.
David Choe is the latest artist to talk with Alia Shawkat and Lance Bangs.
Andrew Kuo does an enlightening Artist Talk with Alia Shawkat and Lance Bangs.
Kids in America: An interview with Harmony Korine by Cameron Jamie (1998)